New Free E-Resource: Global Health and Human Rights Database

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The Global Health and Human Rights Database launched October 24, 2013. The Lawyers Collective, a leading public interest NGO in India, and the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University partnered to create this new database that provides free access to judgments, national constitutions, and international and regional instruments. Watch the live webcast of the launch at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly: Part 1 & Part 2.

Judgments were selected for the database if the case was adjudicated by an international, regional, or domestic court (or quasi-judicial body, such as the UN Human Rights Committee or the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights); implicates a specified health topic; and argues a right of individuals or groups or an obligation of duty-bearers referenced in relevant international or national law.

Judgments are categorized based on relevant health-related rights, with specific attention paid to the right to health as understood in the context of the international right to health framework developed by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in General Comment No. 14; health topics as understood in the framework of health topics developed by WHO; and regional scope as defined by the United Nations.

National Constitutions were selected for the database if the constitution addresses a right or obligation to be explicitly linked with or interpreted in relation to health or an underlying determinant of health; and explicitly states the right as a right of individuals or groups or an obligation of duty-bearers (including provisions on freedoms, such as freedom from discrimination, which may be stated as prohibition).

International and regional instruments were selected for the database if the instrument is binding under international law or is an integral component of global health policy; the instrument’s provisions address a health-related right of individuals or groups or an obligation of duty-bearers.

The Global Health and Human Rights Database is a great starting point for researching issues related to the right to health and health-related rights.